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Originally published Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM

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2014 prep football preview: Metro League

Roosevelt, Ballard and Garfield come over from KingCo, dropping down from 4A to 3A.


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THE DIFFERENCE-MAKERS

Cody Baker

DE, 6-3, 270, Sr., Eastside Catholic

Montana commit had 37 tackles and three quarterback hurries as a junior.

Daron Camacho

RB/LB, 5-8, 210, Jr., Chief Sealth

Second in the Metro League in rushing with 655 yards and four touchdowns.

Deion Fetui

OL/DT, 5-11, 315, Eastside Catholic

Two-way starter since freshman year. Committed to Air Force. Fetui had 61 tackles last year with two fumble recoveries and 1.5 sacks.

Myles Gaskin

RB/DB, 5-10, 195, Sr., O’Dea

Already committed to play for the Huskies next year. Gaskin, the Metro Mountain Division MVP last year, describes himself as a smart player with a strong work ethic.

Dylan Ledbetter

OL/DL, 6-3, 231, Sr., O’Dea

Has an offer from the University of Idaho and a knack for knowing where the ball is. First team defensive player in Metro Sound Division.

Amonte Phillips

QB/DB, 6-2, 175, Sr., Cleveland

Top quarterback at the University of Washington football camp over the summer. Threw for 927 yards with 10 touchdowns last year.

Emmery Porter

RB, 5-10, 175, Jr. Ingraham

Rushed for 1,007 yards with nine touchdowns as a sophomore last year. Carried the ball 133 times and averaged 7.5 yards per carry.

Erik Rottsolk

TE, 6-7, 240, Sr., Lakeside

Fordham commit had 37 catches for 601 yards as a junior. Also scored five touchdowns.

Jack Sendelbach

TE/LB, 6-3, 215, Sr., Bishop Blanchet

Strong, physical player and very athletic. Is getting some attention from the FCS schools as well as Arizona and Oregon State. In 2013, he had 128 tackles, 14 for loss, six sacks and one blocked punt.

Jacob Ta’ase

QB, 5-10, 170, Sr., Ballard

Threw for 1,192 yards in seven games with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a junior.

THE STORY LINES

Moving in

Roosevelt, Ballard and Garfield come over from KingCo, dropping down from 4A to 3A. The move brings back some old rivalries but the new alignment separates the private schools (Mountain Division) from the public schools (Sound and Valley divisions).

Bishop Blanchet a dark horse?

A few coaches in Metro think so. Bishop Blanchet coach Aaron Maul: “Everybody is chasing Eastside Catholic and O’Dea. We’re taking steps to close the gap. We’re going on our fifth year and our kids are committed to the strength program.” Blanchet’s three losses last season were to the No. 2, 3 and 5 ranked teams in the state.

A family affair at Ballard

It’s often that coaches coach brothers, but three at the same time? And all starters? “It’s an interesting situation,” Ballard coach Joey Thomas said. There’s senior quarterback Jacob Ta’ase, junior linebacker Fua Ta’ase and freshman lineman Shiloh Ta’ase. “Jacob is one of our leaders, Fua has really come into his own and big baby brother Shiloh is a really smart kid,” Thomas said.

THE CAN’T-MISS GAMES

Sept. 12 and 13: Memorial Football Classic, Memorial Stadium

• Five games in two days. Will be a good look at what the Metro League has to offer. Starts at 5 p.m. Friday with a game between Seattle Prep and Kennedy. For more information: http://memorialfootballclassic.org/.

Oct. 3: Bishop Blanchet at O’Dea, 7 p.m.

• Blanchet could turn heads this season and could do it here and against Eastside Catholic the following week.

Oct. 17: O’Dea vs. Eastside Catholic, 7 p.m., West Seattle Stadium

• Matchup between the highest-ranked teams in Metro. The squads split games last year but Eastside Catholic won when it mattered most.

COACHES POLL

Predicted order of finish for the Metro League, based on a survey of league coaches, with 10 points for first-place vote, nine for second, etc. (first-place votes in parentheses). Coaches not allowed to vote for their own teams.

Mountain Division

School, 2013, Points (1st-place votes)

1. Eastside Catholic 11-3 38 (3)

2. O’Dea 12-1 37 (1)

3. Bishop Blanchet 7-3 35 (1)

4. Seattle Prep 5-6 30

5. Lakeside 7-3 27

6. Bainbridge Island 1-9 23

* Bainbridge Island did not turn in votes

Sound Division

School, 2013, Points (1st-place votes)

1. Roosevelt, 5-5, 38 (4)

2. Cleveland, 5-5, 37 (1)

3. Garfield, 1-8, 34 (1)

4. Rainier Beach, 3-6, 31

5. West Seattle, 1-8, 30

Valley Division

School, 2013, Points (1st-place votes)

1. Nathan Hale, 6-4, 40 (4)

2. Ballard, 2-7, 27

3. Chief Sealth, 4-6, 25

4. Franklin, 1-9, 22

5. Ingraham, 2-8, 20

Note: Nathan Hale did not turn in votes

Solange Reyner



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